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Shira Route Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Shira Route Itinerary

Shira route is almost identical to the Lemosho route, but starts at a higher elevation at 3,600. Starting at a higher elevation, it is possible for most climbers experience altitude sickness on the first day. This route is better suited to the slightly more adventures hiker, however rewarding with scenic beauty that is not seen on the Marangu route.
=>Difficulty: Very High
=>Scenery: Excellent
=>Traffic: Low

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport,

Day 2; Londorosi Gate (2,100 m) to Morum barrier (3,600 m) to Simba Camp (3,680 m)

Day 3 – Simba Camp (3,680 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

Day 4 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Baranco Camp (3,900 meters)

Day 5 – Baranco Camp (3,900 m) to Karanga Camp (3,960 m).

Day 6 –­­­ Karanga Camp (3,960 m) to Barafu Camp (4,680 m).

Day 7 – Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

Day 8 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

Day 9 – Arusha/Departure

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport,

Met upon Arrival and transfer to hotel in Arusha,

Activities: Transfer

Accommodation & Meals: Arusha Gold Crest Hotel, B, B.

 

Day 2; Londorosi Gate (2,100 m) to Morum barrier (3,600 m) to Simba Camp (3,680 m)

The Shira Route begins at Londorosi Gate (2,100 meters) in the West, the same start point as the Lemosho Route. The drive to Londorosi Gate takes approximately three hours from Moshi and considerably longer from Arusha. Registration with the Kilimanjaro National Park authorities occurs at the gate and then you will be driven further up the mountain to the trailhead starting point at Morum barrier. Most tour operators serve lunch here before the short first day trek to Simba Camp (3,680 meters) begins. You may get lucky and spot large wildlife like elephant and buffalo that sometimes emerge from the rainforest onto the path as you trek towards your first camp. Dinner will be served when you reach Simba Camp.

Estimated Trekking distance: 4km / 2 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 2-3 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Simba Camp (3,680 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 3 – Simba Camp (3,680 meters) to Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters)

Day two starts with a gradual hike through the final stretch of the rainforest zone and then gets steeper as you approach the low alpine moorland zone. The trek is a long one that stops briefly for lunch at Shira Camp 1 which is on the western edge of the Shira Plateau; just over 8km from your starting point. You then continue on your hike across and up the Shira plateau to Shira Camp 2 at 3,850 meters. Here you will join trekkers from the Machame Route whilst enjoying stunning view across the valley below and Western Breach of Kilimanjaro above. The plateau is exposed so be prepared for a cold night with temperatures getting below zero.

Estimated Trekking distance: 6km / 4 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 2-4 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone/ Low Alpine Zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 4 – Shira Camp 2 (3,850 meters) to Lava Tower (4,600 meters) and then Baranco Camp (3,900 meters)

On day three you will start trekking due east from the Shira Plateau, passing through the ‘Garden of the Senecios’ which also features many giant lobelias. The landscape rapidly becomes desert-like as you approach Lava Tower and the Shark’s Tooth formation at 4,600 meters. You will have lunch at Lava Tower before joining the Southern Circuit trail which descends to Baranco Camp 3,900 meters where you will spend the night at a very similar elevation as the night before. Climbing high and sleeping low is a good way to acclimatize the body to altitude. Note: some tour operators offer variations of this route via Moir Camp just north of Lava Tower, before joining the Southern Circuit.

Estimated Trekking distance: 11km / 7 miles,

Estimated Trekking time: 6-8 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone/ High Alpine Zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Baranco Camp (3,900 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 5 – Baranco Camp (3,900 m) to Karanga Camp (3,960 m).

After breakfast, we continue up a steep ridge to the great Baranco Wall, and then you climb this imposing obstacle, which turns out to be easier than it looks. Topping out just below the Heim Glacier, you can now appreciate just how beautiful Kilimanjaro really is. With Kibo’s glaciers soaring overhead, you descend into the lush Karanga Valley to the Karanga Valley campsite for hot lunch. From the camp, you can look east and see the jagged peaks of Mawenzi jutting into the African sky.

Estimated Trekking distance: 4.5km / 3 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 3-4 hours

Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Karanga Camp (3,960 m). B, L, D.

 

Day 6 –­­­ Karanga Camp (3,960 m) to Barafu Camp (4,680 m).

After breakfast, we leave the camp and continue to the Base camp (Barafu). The last water on the route is in the Karanga Valley; there is no water at Barafu Camp, even though Barafu is the Swahili word for “ice.” The famous snows of Kilimanjaro are far above Barafu Camp near the summit of the mountain. Your tent will be pitched on a narrow, stony, wind-swept ridge, so make sure that you familiarize yourself with the terrain before dark to avoid any accidents. Prepare your equipment and warm clothing for your summit climb, and drink a lot of fluids. After an early dinner, go to bed for a few hours of precious sleep.

Estimated Trekking distance: 5.5km / 3 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 3-5 hours

Zone: High alpine zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Barafu Camp (4,680 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 7 – Barafu Camp (4,680 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

Day five starts at midnight with hot tea, biscuits and a long and zigzagging hike up the heavy scree that covers the steep slopes of Kibo. The going is slow and very tough. You will need to dig deep and ensure you maintain a consistent pace to push yourself up to the crater rim. After about 4-6 hours hiking you will reach Stella Point (5,739 meters) where you will have a chance to rest and watch dawn break across the Tanzanian landscape. It is a good idea to have some hot tea or hot chocolate at this point as you will need to muster the energy to continue for another 1-2 hours around and up the crater rim to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). Remember to keep your momentum moving forward, one step at a time. Over 60% of climbers stop at Stella Point but most can make it to the summit if they are able to find the metal strength to push through. Obviously if you are experiencing severe AMS symptoms you should descend immediately. Your time at Uhuru Peak will be brief. Take as many pictures as you can, savor your accomplishment and then start heading back to Stella Point. Many trekkers slide down the scree slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp, where you will have a chance to rest before continuing on to Mweka Camp (3,100 meters). In total you will be trekking between 12-16 hours on day 5 so it is really important that you pace yourself and remain hydrated.

Estimated Trekking distance: 4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent

Estimated Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka

Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Mweka Camp (3,100 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 8 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

The final day on the mountain is a short one, but nonetheless tiring as your body will be exhausted and your knees will likely be sore from the previous day’s descent. Go slowly and enjoy the wonderful rainforest scenery as you head towards Mweka Gate (1,640 meters). At the gate you will need to sign-out with the authorities and will also receive your certificate, either for Stella Point or for Uhuru Peak. It is customary to pay your tips to your trekking team before you depart back to your hotel in Arusha.

Estimated Trekking distance: 9km / 6 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 3-5 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Arusha Gold Crest Hotel, B, L.

 

Day 9 – Arusha/Departure

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight, B. or Proceed with safari with us.

Activities: Transfer

Accommodation & Meals: B, B.

Prices are quoted in $ per person

Number of people in a group

Days

1Pax 2Pax 3Pax 4Pax 5Pax

6Pax

Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2020

7

3,159 2,484 2,395 2,377 2,273

2,289

Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2020

8

3,159 2,484 2,395 2,377 2,273

2,289

Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2020

9

3,667 2,938 2,689 2,652 2,510

2,498

Optional: Add: Cost for Extra Night at any camp

330

330 330 330 330

330

– Private Trek.

– For a group of seven or more booking together, please contact us for special/discounted rate.

– Group treks are based on maximum of 10 people for each single group.

 

 

Price includes:

-Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro airport transfers

– Accommodation in Town

-Scheduled Riverside bus shuttle transfer Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi if arriving/departing from Nairobi.

-Transport from the hotel to the mountain and back to the hotel

-Accommodation as indicated

-Sleeping tent and mattresses on the mountain

-Dining tent on the mountain

-Meals as indicated above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

-All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes and all applicable fees and taxes.

-Services of a Professional Leading Guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking.

-Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s) and enough number of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a skilled cook.

-Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.

-Group average of 4~6 climbers, maximum of 15.

-Portable toilets

-Oxygen bottle and pulse oximeter

 

 Price excludes:

-International airfare

-Items of a personal nature such as passport, and visa,

-Climbing gears (can be rented on arrival)

-Tips (recommended in USD, Cash)

-Medical Equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

-Any new imposed fee/tax that is out of our jurisdiction

 

 

Note:

-The pack that the porters carry is limited to 35 pounds (i.e. 15kgs)

-Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $10/day

You can leave extra luggage in Hotel in Arusha (if you leave any valuable items like cash, jewelry, etc) make sure you get a receipt for that.

 

*If you add that day, instead of just staying at the hotel, we can offer a day trip to the nearby Arusha National Park for game drives for $180pp inclusive of 1 to 2 hours hiking on mount Meru. Starting from 4 pax in a group.

 

Kilimanjaro Routes

Umbwe Route Itinerary

Kilimanjaro Umbwe Route Itinerary

The recommended duration of this trip is seven days. The Umbwe route is a steep, spectacular and challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro. Although the number of people on this trail is very low, the chances of success are also low. Umbwe route is one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are confident in their ability to acclimatize quickly to altitude.
=>Difficulty: Very High
=>Scenery: Excellent
=>Traffic: Low

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport,

Day 2 – Umbwe Gate (1,600 meters) to Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters)

Day 3 – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters) to Baranco Camp (3,900 meters)

Day 4 – Baranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters)

Day 5 – Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) to Barafu Camp (4,670 meters)

Day 6 – Barafu Camp (4,670 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

Day 7 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

Day 8 – Arusha/Departure

Day 1 – Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport,

Met upon Arrival and transfer to hotel in Arusha,

Activities: Transfer

Accommodation & Meals: Arusha Gold Crest Hotel, B, B.

 

Day 2 – Umbwe Gate (1,600 meters) to Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters)

The Umbwe Route departs from the south. Most trekkers get driven from Moshi or Arusha to the Machame Gate, where registration takes place. From there trekkers are transferred to the Umbwe Gate at 1,600 meters. Here you will start your trek with your guide and porters in tow. The route follows a forestry track through the rainforest before steepening between the Lonzo and Umbwe Rivers. If the weather is clear you will get a good view of Kibo in the distance. It takes approximately 5-7 hours to reach Umbwe Cave Camp at 2,850 meters; 10.5km / 6 miles from your starting point. The camp sits between large evergreen trees and thick undergrowth, with Umbwe Cave a short walk away. On arrival your tents will already be assembled and dinner will be served in your mess tent.

Estimated Trekking distance: 10.5km / 6 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 5-7 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 3 – Umbwe Cave Camp (2,850 meters) to Baranco Camp (3,900 meters)

On Day two the landscape changes rapidly from rainforest to moorland, with rocky outcrops and sparse vegetation. The path follows the narrow Umbwe Route ridge until it begins to flatten close to the Baranco Valley. The Baranco Camp (3,900 meters) sits in the valley under the shadow of the Great Baranco Wall with Kibo visible in the distance. You will notice the camp is pretty busy. This is because you will be joining hikers from the Machame, Lemosho and Shira Route here.

Estimated Trekking distance: 6.5km / 3.5 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone/ Low Alpine Zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Baranco Camp (3,900 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 4 – Baranco Camp (3,900 meters) to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters)

Day three starts with a steep climb up the 257 meter Baranco Wall. No technical skills are required but you will need to use all four limbs to scramble up to the top. From here you will follow an up and down route along the Southern Circuit (see Umbwe Map above) through the Karanga Valley and up to Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). You will stop at Karanga Camp for the night, unless you are on a five day route, in which case you will continue on to Barafu Camp (4,670 meters)

Estimated Trekking distance: 6km / 3.5 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 4-6 hours

Zone: Low alpine zone / High alpine zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Karanga Camp (3,960 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 5 – Karanga Camp (3,960 meters) to Barafu Camp (4,670 meters)

Day four is a relatively short climb from Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp at 4,670 meters. The route sojourns through the rocky and sparsely vegetated high alpine desert zone. Barafu Camp is very exposed to the elements, especially the gale force winds that are common at this altitude. You will arrive at the camp around lunchtime, giving you lots of time to rest or potentially climb a bit higher if you are feeling up to it. Many people have lost their appetite by this stage in the trek but it is important that you try to eat some food. Set an hour aside to ensure that your gear is ready and packed for the summit ascent which begins around midnight. Don’t forget to carry additional batteries for your headlamp and camera, and remember to make sure your water bottles are well insulated (wrapping them in an extra pair of warm socks works well). Try get to bed before 19:00 as you will be awoken around 23:30 to begin your summit attempt.

Estimated Trekking distance: 3.5km / 2 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 4-5 hours

Zone: High alpine zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Barafu Camp (4,670 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 6 – Barafu Camp (4,670 meters) to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters) and then Mweka Camp (3,100 meters)

After being awoken with hot tea and biscuits you will set off up the heavily screed slopes of Kibo. The route up to the crater rim is long and arduous! Your physical and mental capacities will be seriously tested. It is important to remain focused on your goal, one step at a time. Around dawn you will reach Stella Point (5,739 meters) at the top of the crater rim. This is not the summit but is a major milestone. Take a moment to rest and enjoy where you have got to but don’t lie down as this can stymie your final push to the summit. From Stella Point the route flattens as you walk an additional 1-2 hours to Uhuru Peak (5,895 meters). You will not be able to stay too long at the summit as the lack of oxygen and cold is debilitating. Make sure to get all the pictures and video footage you want and then make your way back to Stella Point. Many trekkers decide to scree slide down the slopes of Kibo to Barafu Camp where you will have a chance to take a short break before continuing on to Mweka Camp. Remember to use your trekking poles as the impact on your knees of the 5-8 hour descent from the Summit to Mweka Camp can be very tiring and painful.

Estimated Trekking distance: 4.5km / 3 miles ascent and then 11km / 7 mile descent

Estimated Trekking time: Trekking time: 6-8 hours to the summit and then 5-8 hours to Mweka

Zone: Glacial zone and the all preceding zones

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Mweka Camp (3,100 meters). B, L, D.

 

Day 7 – Mweka Camp (3,100 meters) to Mweka Gate (1,640 meters)

Today you will enjoy your last breakfast on the mountain before heading down through the thick undergrowth of the lower slopes. Your knees may be very sore so go slowly and make sure of each footing as you descend to Mweka Gate. On arrival at the gate you will sign-out with the authorities and be presented with your summit certificate. At this point it is customary to present your porters and guides with their tips, before being transported back to your hotel in Moshi or Arusha.

Estimated Trekking distance: 9km / 6 miles

Estimated Trekking time: 3-5 hours

Zone: Rainforest zone

Activities: Hiking/Trekking

Accommodation & Meals: Arusha Gold Crest Hotel, B, L.

 

Day 8 – Arusha/Departure

Transfer to Kilimanjaro airport for your return flight, B. or Proceed with safari with us.

Activities: Transfer

Accommodation & Meals: B, B.

Prices are quoted in $ per person

Number of people in a group

Days

1Pax 2Pax 3Pax 4Pax 5Pax

6Pax

Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2020

6

2,498 2,004 1,960 1,959 1,902

1,911

Validity: 01 Jan – 31 Dec, 2020

7

2,841 2,224 2,169 2,174 2,105

2,119

Optional: Add: Cost for Extra Night at any camp

330

330 330 330 330

330

– Private Trek.

– For a group of seven or more booking together, please contact us for special/discounted rate.

– Group treks are based on maximum of 10 people for each single group.

 

Price includes:

-Arrival and departure Kilimanjaro airport transfers

– Accommodation in Town

-Scheduled Riverside bus shuttle transfer Nairobi-Arusha-Nairobi if arriving/departing from Nairobi.

-Transport from the hotel to the mountain and back to the hotel

-Accommodation as indicated

-Sleeping tent and mattresses on the mountain

-Dining tent on the mountain

-Meals as indicated above (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

-All park fees, including mountain rescue fees, government taxes and all applicable fees and taxes.

-Services of a Professional Leading Guide who is medically trained, certified, licensed and English speaking.

-Services of English-speaking assistant guide (s) and enough number of porters for your luggage, food, and water, and a skilled cook.

-Transport from your hotel to the mountain, and back to your hotel.

-Group average of 4~6 climbers, maximum of 15.

-Portable toilets

-Oxygen bottle and pulse oximeter

 

 Price excludes:

-International airfare

-Items of a personal nature such as passport, and visa,

-Climbing gears (can be rented on arrival)

-Tips (recommended in USD, Cash)

-Medical Equipment which can be rented well in advance for the following costs: $250/group for hyperbaric chamber, and $140/group for a stretcher. Please note these prices include a porter to carry the equipment.

-Any new imposed fee/tax that is out of our jurisdiction

 

 

Note:

-The pack that the porters carry is limited to 35 pounds (i.e. 15kgs)

-Overweight or extra luggage will require an extra porter at $10/day

You can leave extra luggage in Hotel in Arusha (if you leave any valuable items like cash, jewelry, etc) make sure you get a receipt for that.

 

*If you add that day, instead of just staying at the hotel, we can offer a day trip to the nearby Arusha National Park for game drives for $180pp inclusive of 1 to 2 hours hiking on mount Meru. Starting from 4 pax in a group.